Hanna Hor­nets take pro­vin­cial sil­ver

The Drumheller Mail - - REAL ESTATE - Allie Ruck­man The Drumheller Mail

The Pee­wee Boys Hanna Hor­nets had an ex­cit­ing 22 of July week­end after they won pro­vin­cial sil­ver medal in We­taski­win.

The pro­vin­cial tour­na­ment was spanned out be­tween three week­ends start­ing on Friday, July 8 in Clyde.

The team played hard and was tiered into the third week­end tour­na­ment held in We­taski­win.

The Hor­nets re­mained un­de­feated the en­tire week­end, mer­cy­ing the Red Deer Braves 19-1, the Park­land Twins 16-6, and the Athabasca Trap­pers 13-7. The Hor­nets bat­tled the Fort Ma­cleod Royals in the pro­vin­cial fi­nal, but fell 13-19.

“We didn’t get our last bat as there is a 5 run mercy and we were un­able to catch them had we got­ten our 5th in­ning,” ex­plains coach Na­dine Hein.

“In the last game, the Royals were able to hold on to their strong­est pitcher in the end. We had a bit of a pitch­ing bat­tle. We ended up not be­ing able to cap­i­tal­ize on our runs so they ended up beat­ing us. They were hit­ting a lit­tle bit bet­ter than we were. But it was a close game through­out. It was great for our Hanna kids be­cause they had never played com­pet­i­tive ball be­fore so this was our first year step­ping up into our com­pet­i­tive league.”

The Hanna Hor­nets also in­cluded two play­ers from Drumheller and one from Delia.

“The ma­jor­ity of the play­ers came from Hanna, but I wanted a few more to feel com­fort­able go­ing to provin­cials as a team. So I asked a few of the teams that we had played in Drumheller if they had some play­ers in­ter­ested.”

When the teams com­bined to­gether, and out­come couldn’t have been bet­ter.

“All the kids really ended up get­ting along to­gether and meshed as a group. They as­sisted each other. One of the coaches from Drumheller came and as­sisted us on the bench. It is a really great story of net­work­ing and get­ting all the com­mu­ni­ties to­gether and do­ing some­thing great. I am pretty proud,” says coach Na­dine.

After play­ing hard for three week­ends in a row, the boys gave it their all on the field.

“They are a lit­tle sad that they didn’t come home with gold, but I think that, in years to come, they will be glad to have the ex­pe­ri­ence and I hope they con­tinue on to have those ex­pe­ri­ences. I think their strong­est qual­ity is their heart. They play hard, they play dirty, they play wet. They give it all they have got. I am proud of their ef­fort, their spirit and their ded­i­ca­tion to be­ing there.”

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The Hanna Hor­nets came home with pro­vin­cial sil­ver medals around their neck after a tour­na­ment in We­taski­win on the week­end of Friday, July 22.

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